How to explain to your friends and family what a Prepper is without sounding nuts!
Hello, my friend and welcome back! I know we have all had those awkward conversations with close friends or family members and sometimes it can be like explaining why you believe in God. In today’s post, I want to offer a few tips and ideas to hopefully make it easier and not have them phoning to see if you escaped the loony bend. Grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
Before I get started, let me take a minute to answer a question I get a lot. Where does the grab a cup of coffee my friend come from? It’s simple, my grandfather had an old table and some chairs on his front porch and anytime someone would come by he would get them a cup of coffee and they would sit around that old table and visit with each other. I guess I heard that phrase “Grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit” a million times. They would talk and laugh and of course drink lots of coffee. You didn’t even need to be a part of the conversation; just hearing them would make you feel good inside.
For me, it became a symbol of two friends visiting and talking with each other. I still practice it today on my own patio and I truly hope the tradition is carried on by my children. There is just something special about it. Well, I use the expression here because when I’m writing I imagine sitting at a table with an old friend, drinking coffee and visiting. I hope it makes you feel as special as it did my grandfather’s friends.
OK, back to the subject at hand… Now you need to understand that if you just come out and say I’m a prepper and I’m preparing for the end of the world, they will look at you like you’re a mental patient. No, you need to put it in terms they can understand and the simpler the better. The truth is that the term Prepper is just used to describe anyone who practices Disaster Preparedness. Heck in some Universities these days you can get a degree in “Disaster Preparedness”.
Start out by telling them that you are a “Disaster Preparedness Specialist.” That is something that most people can wrap their heads around. Explain that you’re not preparing for the end of the world, but just simply preparing for whatever disaster comes along.
Most state and local Governments have Disaster Preparedness Specialist on their payroll. You can then go on to explain that the term Prepper is just a nickname for people who practice disaster preparedness. It really is, if you think about it. By storing up survival supplies, you are just preparing for whatever disaster comes along. You may want to avoid telling them that you are worried that the Federal Government is going to collapse or go rogue just yet.
People like simple explanations that they can relate to. If your area has had recent bad weather or flooding, then you may want to use that as an example for why you decided to learn more about it and start preparing for such disasters. After all, people buy car insurance just in case something were to happen to their car. So wouldn’t it just be common sense that they should prepare and be ready for natural disasters as well?
You can always use the question like, “If (Flood, Tornado, Hurricane) were to hit out of the blue, would they be prepared to make it through, in comfort or would they like to suffer like those who did not prepare? It’s only common sense after all. This should satisfy even the most staunch objector because it is something they can understand and get behind. If not, then there is probably nothing you could ever say to get them to understand what you are doing.
Starting this weekend, I will have some “Disaster Preparedness Specialist” vinyl decals available in our store which is listed in the menu up above. This is just an easy way to let other Preppers know that you are one while still painting a happy face on it for the unwashed hoards. Now if you have any specific questions about bringing someone one on board with Prepping, just add it to the comments below or use our feedback page to send it to me and I will do my best to try to help answer your questions.
Before I wrap things up today, I want to encourage all of you to please send me an email or add to the comments of any post your thoughts about what subjects you would like to see covered here. I really want to address the issues that are on your minds, so just let me know.
Well, I guess that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Until next time my friend, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!